Birthdate: 10-12-67; Philippines
Family: Wife, Maria; Children, Arbhiemon, Clarissmon and Marie Monique
Residence: Lakewood, California
Top Career Moments:
- Won the Thoroughbred riding title at Los Alamitos in 2002 and 2001.
- Won the Los Alamitos Distaff Classic on Vega CS in 2002.
- Won the Bull Rastus Handicap and James Smith Memorial Handicap with Oak Canyon in 2004.
Career Profile: Ramon Guce is expected to be sidelined through the summer after suffering a broken vertebra in his lower back following a spill in early March. Prior to the injury, Guce was enjoying a solid start to his 2005 campaign. Guce has always been a consistent rider at Los Alamitos, finishing 6th in the standings aboard Thoroughbreds and 14th with Quarter Horses. The 1999 Philippines Jockey of the Year was the leading Thoroughbred rider here in 2002. "Ramon is a true professional," said Charles Treece, the track's all-time leading Thoroughbreds trainer. "He works hard in the morning and rides well at night. My owners love his hard working attitude and I like that he can ride anything. He fits well with Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Arabians."
Treece's confidence is a big reason for Ramon's success, but a few more helping hands have been instrumental as well. For example, his new agent Neil Bricks has helped bridge the gap between the newcomer and the Thoroughbred trainers at Los Alamitos. "Neil has helped me a lot," Ramon said. "Neil has gotten me a lot of good horses to ride." Known as an aggressive jockey, Ramon won more than 2,500 races in the Philippines including just about every one of his country's major stakes. In 1999, Ramon won two $75,000 races. He's also won the $50,000 Three In One Stakes for imported New Zealand horses. "In the Philippines, the shortest racing distance is 4 1/2 furlongs and those races are carded maybe 10 times the entire year. Instead, most races are between 7 1/2 furlongs and one mile, so I think that's benefited me from an endurance standpoint when riding in the 4 1/2 furlong races at Los Alamitos."